|Photo | John Vettese
|Dr. Dog playing a secret show as Meth Beach at Johnny Brenda's
Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick's mom (aw!) sent us a Daily Pennsylvanian piece about Doc Dog hooking up with CP Artist of the Year Kurt Vile for a show at the Rotunda, put together by Social Planning and Events Committee's Jazz and Grooves. It's all happening March 2 at the Rotunda. The event isn't up on their calendar yet but we'll give you the details when we have them.
|photo by Michael T. Regan|
|Too Tuff in 2008|
The assault charges against Joseph Hicks better known as Too Tuff, resident DJ of Philly's hip-hop forefathers Tuff Crew were dismissed last night. Hicks toughest fight is still pending however, as he's suffering from thyroid cancer.
For immediate release to all media outlets!
Today at 4:58pm in courtroom 804 at Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center, all pending charges against Joseph Hicks -aka DJ Too Tuff of the legendary Tuff Crew were dismissed!!
Thank you to all who supported Too Tuff and believed in god, the justice system & the values of love, loyalty and altruism!
Today our prayers were answered,
...next we take on a cure for cancer!
Extra special thanks to the legal dream team of Katherine Muns esq. & Adrienne Kosinski esq.
File Under: Never Mind
When you read Icepack tomorrow and I know you will, first thing you'll see a bit that asks the musical question "is World CafÃ© Live's booker/talent buyer Laura Wilson leaving her position there to return to Los Angeles." We asked (and she wasn't ready to comment on the move) not only because we heard she was from close-to-WCL sources. The big word was that the venue's VP/General Manager Neil Sulkes told WCL's exec staff that it was happening (in three weeks) and that he would buy talent/book until they found someone. Nothing bad or sad; Wilson has gone back-and-forth from L.A. before during her time under then WCL booker Karl Mullen whom she replaced after his departure. Sulkes has big time experience. Everything was neat and friendly.
Well, between late Monday night and Tuesday afternoon things changed because Wilson wrote me back to say "I'm not going to leave." Well, yay to that, but what happened? Did hearing The Residents there on Monday night send out positive rays? Did WCL's head honcho Hal Real offer Wilson more money than Lady Gaga (Wilson's rumored new employer for whom she would've worked in tour finances so the whispers went)? Probably not "Poker Face" money, no. So why is she now staying? "I like my job," she exclaimed via email. There's probably more to this story so we'll report back on all developments. Or maybe there won't be any. Who knows?
Jacques-Jean "JJ" Tiziou come on down!
Tiziou will head up How Philly Moves â a 50,000 square foot mural facing Interstate 95 at the Philly International Airport. The scene is of a busy bunch of dancer performing in a variety of styles. Tiziou already held one photo shoot as a way to explain his design, but you can get in on the action too. From the press release:
On March 5-7, 2010, an additional 60 dancers will be photographed by JJ Tiziou at the Painted Bride Art Center and a selection of these images will be incorporated into the final design of How Philly Moves. Both professional dancers and those who simply like to dance are invited to submit an application to be photographed. The 60 dancers selected will be notified in advance of this three-day event. Information on applying can be found at www.muralarts.org or www.HowPhillyMoves.org.
From now until its dedication in June 2011, Tiziou and a crew of 40 artists and workers with Mural Arts Program will tackle the massive enterprise.
Two big art jawns in one morning? I need more coffee.
Also, read our esteemed Publisher Paul Curci's take on the project.
While most of you were either sleeping or bitching about the groundhog's shadow, the heads of the Kimmel Center and representatives of philanthropist Leonore Annenberg's Annenberg Foundation announced the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, that will run for three weeks starting April 7, 2011.
Like the Live Arts Fest with a French theme, the PIFA promises "an out-of-the-box" citywide celebration with nods to Philly's arts, cultural and culinary scenes influenced by early 20th Century Paris.
So far that means a first-time collaboration between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet on the classic French ballet Pulcinella, and The Roots playing with a yet-unnamed French chanteuse. Additional performances will be unveiled on April 7, 2010.
Funding for the massive event comes from a $10 million Annenberg grant and corporate sponsorship.
"Not in memory has the city hosted so much performing and visual arts linked by a common thread and packed into a one-month festival," said PIFA executive director Ed Cambron in a press release. "The philosophy for PIFA is collaboration, creativity and innovation, which means our audiences will see a multitude of new works, unprecedented partnerships and performances that will happen only here."
|"Baltimore, you forgot my birthday?
I feel like Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles,
but with no promise of Jake Ryan."
Ever year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday that would be today, January 19 some random Baltimore-ian leaves a birthday offering of a bottle of cognac and roses on the author's original grave site. But, as the Baltimore Sun reports:
This is the first time since Jan. 19, 1949 that the person, whose identity is unknown, failed to arrive, said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House.
"I was very annoyed," he said.
Ahem, is Baltimore losing their Poe touch?
To Poe's descendants: Philadelphians would be more than happy to give Poe'boy his birthday offering but cognac is on the expensive side. Think he'd be cool with a Lager?
Suck it, Charm City. Give us back our Poe!
RELATED: We're Taking Poe Back
|Courtesy of Curiosity Shoppe|
Yet another sad, sad development on the slow death of South Street: Along with Pearl Art & Craft Supplies and the already-shuttered TLA Video, Curiosity Shoppe (529 S. Fourth St., 215-413-2301) will be closing its quirky, tchotke-filled doors within the next month or two. "Let's just say it was mostly the recession that caused this," says owner Peter Macleod. "There were other factors, but that made the decision easier."
Macleod says there are no current plans to take the Shoppe online or elsewhere, but he did tell Critical Mass that there will be a slew of sales between now and the closing date, which he predicts will be the end of February. All clothes are 50 percent off, holiday ornaments are 75 percent off, books are 50 percent off, knickknacks are 50 percent off, Halloween costumes/makeup/masks/funky-looking stocks are 50 percent off, and political tees are 25 percent off.
The very fact that "knickknacks" and "funky-looking stockings" are categories of their own exemplifies why I'll miss the Curiosity Shoppe. Farewell, Macleod & Co.
|Photo | Michael Regan|
|Aryon Hoselton and the Vaudevillians during a choreography session in 2007|
Even though newbie Jeffrey Billman doesn't get it, we've got some Mummers news for y'all. Hillary Rea, former CP intern extraordinaire and sometimes contributor, lets us know that the Vaudevillians New Years Brigade ' the Space 1026-ified Mummers, like Ryan Creed told you about in 2007 ' will host their third annual sew-a-thon this Saturday, December 19 at Space 1026, where you can help them make their costumes for this year's parade. This year's performance is Philly Phood-themed.
In these difficult economic times, VNYB decided to cut back their 24-hour Sew-A-Thon to a mere 12 hours. However, those 12 hours will be jam packed with sewing, dancing, spirited discussions about the spandex stretch index, and an all around positive open studio party and community gathering.
In the spirit of traditional telethons we are encouraging the folks who attend to perform magic, sing karaoke, and show off any other talents they so desire. VNYB will also show Mummers and Philadelphia related movies up until 7pm.
At 8 p.m., the entertainment will switch over to a concert by Lovers and Maple Rabbit. A $5 suggested donation for the mummers/bands is welcome. Here's a video from last year's "nuclear winter" performance (the TV announcers even mention the sewing marathon):
Gotta love this line: "It's good to know in the post-apocalypse, the Phillies will still be around."
What, exactly is the deal with the Vaudevillian NYB? The aforementioned Creed let you know in a cover story before their inaugural strut in 2007:
The Mummers Parade, once exclusive to South Philadelphia, now has a bigger, younger and more diverse audience. The 1026 Mummers ' named the Vaude-Villains ' are bringing this new face of Philadelphia to a beloved tradition in their own ragtag, seat-of-their-pants manner.
Trauss brushes aside the idea that the Vaude-Villains' involvement in the parade is peculiar or special: "It is an obvious thing to put together. We are people who do crafts and art projects, and then here's a completely other sector of Philadelphia that also has a huge art component, but it's a sector you don't normally think about. We all have art as huge parts of our lives, and we might as well make art together."
Vaudevillains NYB present 3rd Annual Sew-A-Thon, Sat., Dec. 19, noon-midnight, $5 suggested donation, Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street, Second Floor.
What's up with L&I marching on Philly venues recently? First it was the 941 Theater (in fact, they just announced their fundraisers), now it's The Fire. According to a tweet from PhillyRockBlog, the Fishtown rock venue has been forced to cancel all upcoming events.
I caught up with The Fire's manager Dan McShane, who confirms the NoLibs music venue is shut down until they have the money to resolve L&I's issues. "We're working on it," he said calmly. He also said he and everybody at the Fire has been touched by the "extreme outpouring" of support from the community, and he's hoping to do something of a "publc nature" to turn all the positive energy into action and get the doors back open.
Flickering Light's mission is to screen the unseen, from shorts ' which rarely have a platform outside of film festival in the U.S. ' to works by often neglected filmmaking communities ' like women, LGBTQ-ers and people of color. But for Ebrahimi, Flickering Light also symbolizes a neighborhood unifier, a place where the people of Germantown, East and West Mt. Airy can gather and see films they can't find anywhere else. "That's where I live, own a house and that's my community," she says. "No matter what the screening series will continue, and it will continue in Northwest Philadelphia."
As Ebrahimi points out, Flickering Light isn't dead, simply taking another look at their format. The series, which began early this year as a monthly screening and to weekly events for the second season, drew 25-100 people. Looking to the future, Ebrahimi says she's eyeing several possibilities, including renting a permanent storefront, joining with other business partners or even staying at the Sedgwick, depending on whether they come down on their rent increase. Flickering Light has two more programs on the docket ' 'Limits of Reason': An International Collection of Short Films About Alternate Worlds and States of Mind on Saturday, November 14 and 'I'm So Into You': The Best of the Small Changes Screening Series on Saturday, November 21 ' before closing up shop until next spring. As always, admission is $5.
Ebrahimi says she was thinking about the recent TLA closure and how it effects how we are able to see movies that don't have blockbuster marquees, to say the least. "You can't get them on DVD, you can't watch them on the internet," she says of the films Flickering Light shows. "There needs to be a place to screen this work.
Limits of Reason, Sat., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., $5, Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., flickeringfilms.com.
I'm So Into You, Sat., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., $5, Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., flickeringfilms.com.
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